Strawberry poke cake topped with whipped topping will be your new favorite cake. Fresh strawberries adorn the top of the cake, while inside the strawberry gelatin works its magic to create a moist, delicious easy dessert recipe.

Red and White striped cake topped with smooth white icing and fresh strawberries, by Skip to my Lou.
Poke Strawberry Cakes – Beautiful, moist, and easy, too!

Related links: Make this delicious Banana Bread with a cake mix. Or, how about Chocolate Chip Banana Bread from scratch?

Poke Strawberry cakes are fun, easy, moist, and delicious. So, find your wooden spoon to poke holes and get your strawberry Jello mixture ready to pour because this cake can happen today!

Strawberry poke baked in a pan, iced with smooth white icing, by Skip to my Lou.
Strawberry Poke Cake

Watch a Poke Strawberry Cake Being Made

Ingredients for Strawberry Poke Cake Recipe

The best thing about this recipe is that you can find the ingredients in your local grocery store; there’s no need for any fancy ingredients! With things like a boxed cake mix and some Jello and whipped topping, you can make this beautiful cake. Here is what you will need:

  • 1 box of white cake mix + water, oil, and eggs (usually only the whites are called for on the cake mix box to prepare)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  •  2– 3 ounce boxes Strawberry Jell-O
  • 2 cups fresh sliced strawberries
  • 1 – 8 ounce Container Cool Whip Thawed
  • 9 x 13 baking dish
  • electric mixer
  • wooden spoon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare a 9X13 cake pan. Prepare the box cake mix according to the package directions. Pour the cake batter into the baking dish.
Cake batter in a 9"x13" inch baking pan, by Skip to my Lou.

2. Bake in 350 F oven for the specified time.

3. Let the cake cool completely on a wire rack.

Golden brown cake baked in a white baking dish, by Skip to my Lou.

4. In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups boiling water and strawberry Jello powder and stir until dissolved.

Strawberry jello and water mixed with a long silver spoon in a clear glass bowl, by Skip to my Lou.

5. Poke the cake with the handle of a wooden spoon halfway into the cake at 1-inch intervals.

Wooden spoon handle poking holes in the top of a baked cake, by Skip to my Lou.

6. Pour Jello into a measuring cup or bowl with a pouring spout. Pour strawberry Jello into every hole. A cooking baster or syringe also works for this.

Liquid strawberry jello being poured into the holes on top of a baked cake, by Skip to my Lou.

7. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours.

White icing spreading on top of the strawberry poke cake, by Skip to my Lou.

8. Spread thawed Cool Whip over the top of the chilled cake using an offset spatula to achieve a smooth surface.

White icing smoothed out with an offset spatula, by Skip to my Lou.

9. Pop the finished cake back into the refrigerator for another hour before cutting and serving. Top each slice with a fresh strawberry.

One serving of strawberry poke cake with a fresh sliced strawberry on top, by Skip to my Lou.
Red and White striped cake topped with smooth white icing and fresh strawberries, by Skip to my Lou.

Strawberry Poke Cake

This moist and easy Strawberry Poke Cake is quick to put together and stunning when served.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chilling Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 40 minutes


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 egg whites most white cake mixes call for egg whites only
  • oil , per box
  • 2 3 oz boxes of Strawberry Jello
  • 1 8oz tub Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 Cups sliced strawberries


  • Prepare the box cake mix according to the package and bake according to the instructions for a 9×13 pan.
  • Let the baked cake cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine 1 cup boiling water and Jell-O and stir until gelatin is dissolved, stir in the ½ cup cold water.
  • Poke the cake with the handle of a wooden spoon or the tines of a meat fork halfway into the cake at ½ – 1-inch intervals.
  • Carefully pour the strawberry gelatin evenly over the top of the cake.
  • Cover and chill for at least 4 hours.
  • Mix instant pudding with only 1 cup of milk. Let it sit a minute until slightly stiff. Fold in the thawed 8 oz tub of Cool Whip.
  • Spread the cool whip mixture over the top of the cake and garnish with sliced strawberries right before serving.
Servings: 16 servings
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Cindy Hopper

Tips and Suggestions

Do you prefer cherries over strawberries? I know some people are allergic to strawberries, so use cherry Jello and fresh cherries as a remedy. Oh, what about raspberry Jello and fresh raspberries?

Let’s talk about frosting. To ramp up the decadence, consider using cream cheese frosting or homemade whipped cream frosting!

And on the subject of whipped cream, any leftover cake will need to be stored in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap, or in an airtight container.

Let your mind create other recipe variations and leave me a comment below!

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